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Piazza della Liberta, 00120 Castel Gandolfo, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There are portraits of about 50 popes tracking the history of the papacy from the 15th century. The audio guide does a good job of explaining something significant about each one. We also saw the current papal apartments, including the bedroom of Pope Francis.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

We came to Castel Gandolfo as part of a wider tour of the Castelli Romani. This is a picturesque little town dominated by the Papal Palace with fabulous views of Lake Albano below. We arrived too late to visit the palace and the gardens so...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019

The tour of the papal summer vacation palace provides a thorough history of the church and its leaders over many hundreds of years. The audio guide, available in English, provides extensive discussion about many of the displays which follow the transition of popes over time....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed January 25, 2019

Well organised and it provides you with the history of the Roman Catholic Church. There are pictures of all the recent popes with descriptions and it takes you through your life.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

We enjoyed the Palazzo Pontificio. The decoration is not too over-the-top but very nice and delicate. We enjoyed walking from room to room and the pace was not rushed or difficult.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank sandraw6682
Reviewed April 15, 2018

We toured Castel Gandolfo, the summer Papal residence. We took the train from Rome to the Castel Gandolfo railway station and then walked to the Apostolic Palace which overlooks Piazza della Libertà. The town itself is lovely and the Papal Palace - with astronomical observatory...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This summer residence for the Pope provided an intimate view of his bed chamber and working quarters. The ";popemobiles" were cool.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Patrick V
Reviewed June 2, 2017

GO with CiTY WONDERS! They are the best tour operator in Rome/Castel Gandolfo and the rest of Italy! Robert is Fantastic and so is Francesca! This is truly a MUST SEE! We toured the private apartments of the Pope, stood next to where he speaks...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Glen U
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Amazing marble floors, stunning wall paper (it's not paper but fabric) and amazing ceilings. The papal apartments which only opened this year, are stunning. The views over lake Albano are also amazing. Definitely worth a visit. We added the palace to the end of our...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank BettyKate
Reviewed December 16, 2016

Who needs a palace for his summer residence? Definitely not Pope Francis, the Argentine Pope elected in 2013, who has renounced his right to enjoy the breath-taking Palazzo Pontificio at Castel Gandolfo like his predecessors have always done and decided to open it - including...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Response from sandraw6682 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you do. Visit the Vatican Museums website for additional information. You can take a train there and make it an enjoyable day.